Talented Khomas aims for Newspaper cup triumph
Khomas Region’s under-20 team captain Eldery Morgan banks on his teammates’ talents to win the 2017 The Namibian Newspaper Cup as regional teams hit homestretch in preparations for the Easter weekend football extravaganza at Swakopmund.
National under-17 captain and a student at Khomas High School Eldery Morgan, 17, will captain Khomas, and reckons their chances of winning are high because they have a great team and the confidence to do it. “Our fitness level is not yet there but the coaches are pushing us to do our maximum best”.
The Khomas Region, four times winners of the competition, have not won the cup since 2011 and will have to bypass Kavango West and Oshikoto Regions in the first round and Morgan acknowledges they will have to play smart and hard to get through as both regions are going to compete as well.
“ We respect these teams and we know it won’t be a n easy right and we have to be at our utmost best. Talent alone won’t be enough but with the right attitude can help us as well”, Morgan says.
The young and vibrant coach of the team, Rejoice Uirab says that despite the current situation of football in the country, the biggest challenge the team will face is match fitness and with one week left to prepare, they are getting there overall.
“We know Khomas is the team to beat and with that tag comes a lot of pressure for the boys and for the technical team. We go there and take every game as it comes and we see how the outcomes. We will do the business on the field to the best of our abilities”.
Match program: Friday, 14 April: Omusati v Hardap, Zambezi v Oshana, Kavango East v Erongo, Omaheke vs Kunene, Ohangwena v //Karas, Khomas v Oshikoto; Oshana v Omusati; Zambezi v Hardap; Kunene v Kavango East;
Saturday, 15 April: Omaheke v Erongo, Otjozondjupa v //Karas, Kavango West v Oshikoto, Omusati v Zambezi, Oshana v Hardap, Kavango East v Omaheke, Kunene v Erongo, Ohangwena v Otjozondjupa, Khomas v Kavango West.
On Sunday, 16 April, the Group A winner will face the Group B equivalent; the Group C winner takes on the top team in Group D; while there will also be a select under-20 women's national team against the under-20 Erongo women's side match. The Namibian team will be taking on a Nedbank Team in the battle of the tournament's best players on the same day.
The final will be on Easter Monday to crown the 2017 The Namibian Newspaper Cup champions.